A controversy is raging in the Philippines over a sex education programme aimed at cutting the population growth rate, which is blamed for massive poverty in the Southeast Asian country of about 92 million.Openly talking about sex remains taboo in many quarters of Philippine society but all that is changing as the government introduces a controversial sex education programme to public school pupils.
On their remote island, three-quarters of the population live in poverty and nearly everyone fishes or farms for their livelihoods.
This dependence on the natural environment makes them particularly vulnerable to the immediate threats of extreme weather events and the long-term effects of climate change.
The influential Roman Catholic Church is demanding the plan be scrapped, but the cash-strapped government is struggling to contain an annual population growth rate of more than 2 percent.
Education Secretary Mona Valisno said she was open to meeting church leaders about the sex education campaign, which was launched this week at the start of the school year.
According to the latest report on the implementation of the RH law, the education department has not yet developed the minimum standards of comprehensive sexuality education that schools should comply with MANILA, Philippines – Comprehensive sexual education (CSE), a "critical piece" of the reproductive health (RH) law, still "leaves something to be desired," according to the country representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to the Philippines.